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Thursday Afternoon Talks and Tea

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Our popular programme of Thursday afternoon talks take place during the Autumn and Winter months and explore different aspects of local history. Talks start at 2pm and tickets cost just £5 per talk and include tea and biscuits.

Advance booking and payment is necessary for all events, please call us on 01453 763394 or ask at reception during your next visit.

Steve Hill: Necessary Arrangements

12 January | 2pm | £5

Kicking off 2017 in style, we are joined by Steve Hill who will be describing the Life and Times of Soldier / Artist Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell of Stroud.

Diana Humphrey & Fred Ward: Victorian Pastimes

19 January | 2pm | £5

“Lifewithout radio and television! How did they manage?!” A hands-on, sing-along, highly illustrated talk by Diana Humphrey  in which she explores the Victorian free time activities of her very own Stanhope family from the parlour to the park, the nursery to the racecourse.

Louis Francis: Trials and Triumphs: Stroudwater Navigation Archive( SNAC )

26 January | 2pm | £5

Join Lois for part two of the canal story ...  People working against the project and the triumph of the Company against the first railway!

Dr. Simon Draper: Place Names in the Gloucestershire Landscape

2 February | 2pm | £5

This week Dr Draper will be taking a look at local place names and the history and secrets they reveal.

Virginia Adsett: A Woman's Work is Never Done

9 February | 2pm | £5

From chapped hands to housemaid’s knee, discover the history of women’s work, including the changes taking place during WW1.

Mike McCrea: Stratford Park Full Circle

23 February | 2pm | £5

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a talk on Stratford Park as a public amenity, from early days to the present.

Alan Pilbeam: A Week's Holiday in the Forest of Dean, 1880

2 March | 2pm | £5

This week we discover how the Forest became a holiday destination, after the railways opened up new leisure opportunities for the public.

Paul Barnett: Wrecks to Relics - Gloucestershire’s Mulberry Harbour

9 March | 2pm | £5

Join us and  the ever-popular Paul Barnett for another intriguing talk about the rich history of the River Severn.

Rose Hewlett: Village Life in the Great War

16 March | 2pm | £5

Rose will be talking about how the War affected life in local villages, based on her new book.

Richard Cann: Heavenly Light: A Look at Stained Glass

23 March | 2pm | £5

This week's talk is an introduction to the use of glass in church architecture, the making of stained glass, illustrated (in the main) with the windows of Gloucester Cathedral.

David Walton: Gimson and The Barnsleys

30 March | 2pm | £5

Join us for a look at Gimson and the Barnsleys and the local Arts and Crafts movement.

Ian Mackintosh: Changing Times at Stanley Mill

6 April| 2pm | £5

For our final talk of the season, we invite Ian Mackintosh as he looks at the story of Stanley Mill, one of the area’s many woollen mills.

Did you know?

In addition to our Thursday Afternoon Talks, there are talks and lectures programmed throughout the Calendar year. Keep your eye out for our events brochure, or take a look at the Calendar page to see what's coming up!


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